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Audience-as-Artist Program Director: The Wilma Theater seeks a Program Director to develop and implement a new Audience-as-Artist initiative funded by the William Penn Foundation’s New Audiences/New Places program. This is a three-year initiative to bring the art form of theater to community-based organizations in various geographic regions of Philadelphia. The Program Director will work collaboratively with the artistic, education, and marketing departments of the Wilma, along with input from a community organizing consultant, to realize the grass-roots Audience-as-Artist initiative as detailed in the Wilma’s grant application to the William Penn Foundation. Responsibilities of the position will include, but are not limited to:

  • Develop the Audience-as-Artists program to bring a minimum of five residencies and/or workshops to community-based organizations each year
  • Create residency and workshop models based on existing outreach programs
  • Identify, cultivate, and confirm community partners for implementation of the program
  • Plan and conduct receptions and town hall meetings to engender community interest in theater-based activities
  • Coordinate schedules of teaching artists in collaboration with artistic and education departments
  • Manage all correspondence with partner organizations
  • Monitor and annually assess the program to inform its further development in subsequent years
  • Attend weekly Department Heads meetings and monthly Staff meetings
  • Participate in all-staff events, such as the annual Theater Lovers Fête fundraising party


Ideal candidates will demonstrate:

  • Evidence of visionary leadership to develop and implement a new grass-roots initiative
  • Multi-disciplinary organizational skills with an ability to integrate systems already in place at the Wilma
  • Experience in building inclusive and sustainable community partnership
  • Knowledge of the diverse communities throughout the City of Philadelphia
  • Authentic interest in generating impact through experience with and exploration of the arts
  • Experience working with audiences and artists from diverse cultural and professional backgrounds
  • Experience in program development and flexibility in shaping and implementing a new program
  • Clear and passionate alignment with the mission and programming of The Wilma Theater


Minimum requirements for the position include:

  • Four years of professional experience with an arts organization on cultivating community-based programming and community driven projects
  • A four-year undergraduate degree or ability to demonstrate equivalent professional experience
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills with demonstrable ability to effectively facilitate meetings and present publicly
  • Experience in managing staff, including but not limited to coordinating schedules, conducting reviews, organizing payroll, and orchestrating professional development
  • Ability to work proactively, autonomously, and collaboratively
  • Strong desktop computer skills (business professional level) and excellent time management and organizational skills
  • Knowledge of community planning, organizing and community programming on a local and state level
  • Spanish or secondary language proficiency preferred but not required
  • Local travel, as well as occasional evening and weekend availability


Salary in the high 30s/low 40s depending on experience, plus benefits.  To apply, send a cover letter, resume, and references to Megan O’Donnel at No phone calls please.

The Wilma Theater is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applicants who understand and embrace the Wilma’s multi-faceted mission to create living adventurous art; to reflect on the complexities of contemporary life; to present bold, original, well-crafted productions; and to represent a range of voices, viewpoints, and styles.




All job openings will be listed on this site as they become available, so check back often for updates. The Wilma Theater is an equal opportunity employer. Unless otherwise noted, send inquiries and applications to:

FAX: 215-893-0895
MAIL: 265 S. Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107